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Plaid pledge to eradicate child poverty

If elected, Plaid Cymru have vowed to provide targeted payments of £10 a week to families living below the poverty line. The payments will rise to £35 a week before the end of the next Senedd term.

Delyth Jewell, standing for the party in Caerphilly, said: “Child poverty in Wales can be ended if the political will is there”.

Announcing the policy, Ms Jewell continued: “It is a national scandal that one in three of Welsh children live in poverty.

"Covid-19 has affected everyone in Wales but those most likely to bear the brunt of its short and long-term impacts are low income families and children living in poverty.

“It’s simply not good enough for the Labour government to set a target of ending child poverty by 2020 only to walk away from it later.

“A Plaid Cymru government would not take its eye off the ball, child poverty in Wales can be eradicated if the political will is there."

Eradicating child poverty has been a goal of successive Welsh Governments, but Victoria Winckler, director of poverty think tank The Bevan Foundation, told The National that while the will to end poverty is a prerequisite, the Welsh Government doesn't control all the necessary levers. 

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Ms Winckler said: “Political will is obviously a pre-requisite, and you won’t have any change without it, but the levers for change, the ways of reducing child poverty, don’t solely rest with the Welsh Government.

“We are very clear that the root causes of child poverty lie in their parents’ terms and conditions in work, primarily in the UK social security system, and the high costs of childcare and housing.

“Any reduction in child poverty will have to tackle all three of those things, there’s no single silver bullet.

“Some of those things will be in the gift of the next Welsh Government, some will not."

Calls for Tories to distance themselves from Johnson

Welsh Labour has called on Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies to stand up to Boris Johnson over claims the Prime Minister said he would “let the bodies pile high” rather than have another lockdown.

Mr Johnson has denied saying such a thing, while sources familiar with the conversations have stuck by their accusations.

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Welsh Labour's Vaughan Gething slammed Boris Johnson’s comments arguing they "cause considerable distress to grieving families", while Welsh Labour’s deputy leader Carolyn Harris called on Davies and every Tory candidate for the Senedd to disown the PM's remarks. 

Ms Harris added: “The widely reported comments attributed to the Prime Minister are nothing short of disgraceful.

“The Welsh Labour Government has taken a careful, cautious approach to the pandemic in order to save lives and it is frankly unbelievable that anyone – let alone a British Prime Minister – could be so callous and uncaring.

“It’s even more disturbing that the Prime Minister could visit North Wales after his comments were exposed and not take time to offer even the faintest of apologies.

“The Tory Senedd group leader must now immediately condemn the Prime Minister’s comments. Indeed, every Tory candidate seeking votes should make it clear that Boris Johnson’s views are not welcome here in Wales.”

Tory candidate's malaria claims heavily criticised

The Welsh Conservative candidate for Blaenau Gwent, Edward Dawson, has been criticised for making comments about a vaccine for malaria.

Reported by WalesOnline, Edward Dawson replied to a tweet about a possible vaccine for malaria, saying: “Good work, but isn’t it also nature’s way of controlling human population growth?”

The Welsh Conservatives have confirmed the matter is under investigation by the party. After the Prime Minister’s alleged comments on Covid deaths, this is hardly the kind face of the Conservatives the party will want to portray.